Legionella bacteria lives in water causing the rare but potentially fatal form of pneumonia called Legionnaires disease. Previously, it was thought only large water systems like those in hotels posed a health risk, studies now show more people contracting Legionnaires disease from domestic water systems than commercial ones,
What has changed?
Because of this, the existing protective legislation has been revised to include all rental properties. Previously, only properties with a water system greater than 300 litres were required to have a legionell risk assessment carried out.
Rental properties are covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 and are affected by this revision in guidance. It is now a legal requirement for a Legionella Risk Assessment to be performed on every rental property, and the responsibility for ensuring this happens rests with the dutyholder.
A Legionella risk assessment examines the water system at the property to determine the level of risk posed to tenants and recommends safety improvements where necessary.
Make Sure You're Compliant with Legislative Requirements,
If the landlord manages the property directly, they are the dutyholder, if a letting agent manages the property on behalf of a landlord (dealing with rent, maintenance, repairs etc) they are the dutyholder. In the same way as for a gas safety check the dutyholder must ensure a Legionella Risk Assessment is carried out and that the person doing so is suitably qualified (competent person) and that the assessment is sufficient to identify and assess the risk of exposure to the Legionella bacteria.
The risk assessment is a "live document" and records the risk assessments, control measures to be implemented, actions taken and reviews carried out and should be kept for at least 5 years to show that the dutyholder has complied with the regulations. Whilst the appointed competent person is responsible for assessing the risk and reviewing the recommended actions, it is always the dutyholder who is responsible for ensuring that any necessary actions have been completed.
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